You can launch AutoCAD with a specific template of your choice. You do this with a command line switch.
When you double-click the icon on your desktop or start AutoCAD from the Start menu, you are executing a statement. You can customize this statement by adding parameters, also called switches.
To learn the statement of your desktop icon, right-click it and choose Properties. On the Shortcut tab, look in the Target text box. This is also where you add a switch. For example, the statement might look like this:
“C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\acad.exe”
To add a switch insert a space after the end of the statement and add a forward slash (/), then the switch you want. (AutoCAD has a number of switches, not just for templates.) In most cases you also add a descriptor.
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For a template named mytemplate, you would add /t mytemplate. The statement for the Tutorial-iArch template would then look like this:
“C:\Program Files\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2012\acad.exe” /t Tutorial-iArch
Note: You need to add quotation marks around any path or name (such as the template name) that contains spaces.
I recommend duplicating the existing shortcut. When you use this method, you can create different shortcuts for different templates. To change the command line switch, follow these steps:
- Right-click the shortcut and choose Copy.
- Right-click the desktop and choose Paste. You’ll either get a new shortcut with “Copy” appended to the name or a dialog box that gives you the option to keep both the original and the copy with a number appended to the name. You can change the name of the shortcut to reflect the name of the template it will open.
- Right-click the shortcut copy and choose Properties.
- On the Shortcut tab, in the Target text box (not the Start In box), move the cursor to the end of the existing statement.
- Press the spacebar to add a space, then type /t and another space. Finally add the name of the template. Be sure to add quotation marks around the template name if it contains spaces.
- Click OK.
Try out your new shortcut by double-clicking it!
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